A change of weather welcomed the DTM to the Nürburgring. Clouds, the threat of rain – that never came – and much cooler temperatures than the weeks preceding the weekend meant less strain on cars, teams and drivers.
Dennis Olsen opened the weekend with the fastest time on Friday, setting a 1m26.326sec in the second of two sessions, beating championship leader Mirko Bortolotti’s 1m26.414sec from Free Practice 1. The #92 SSR Performance Porsche 991.2 GT3R pilot went to the top with about 20 minutes remaining in the 45-minute session, jumping ahead of fellow Porsche driver Thomas Preining in the #24 Küs Team Bernhard who had gone to the top just minutes before with a lap of 1m26.462sec.
The two Porsches would eventually be split by Lucas Stolz in the #4 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT who went second-quickest with a 1m26.353sec, Stolz’ best time coming on his second try to topple Olsen near the end of the session but coming up short just hundreds of a second.
Free Practice 1 ‘winner’ Bortolotti was also to be found near the top in the afternoon, placing his #63 GRT Lamborghini Huracán GT3 fourth in FP2 just 0.168 seconds behind Olsen. His closest title contender, Sheldon van der Linde, ended the practice sessions in positions ten and six respectively aboard his #31 Schubert Motorsport BMW M4 GT3.
Qualifying for the first race at the Nürburgring starts Saturday at 10:05 CEST followed by race 1 at 13:33 CEST. Watch all the action this weekend live on GT.REPORT/live.
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